Shoot like Katniss Everdeen, score like Harry Potter, and sweat like LMFAO (speedo optional!) with these seven new workouts inspired by pop culture:
Sweat like LMFAO (speedos optional!)1. I'm sexy and I know it: For a cheeky take on, um, tanning your cheeks check out this BodyRock.Tv workout based on the number one workout song in America, "I'm Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO. To get yourself into bikini-rocking form like the party rockers, try this short (but intense) 15-minute routine. It uses just a few moves to work every muscle in your body. And to get some additional ab work, laugh yourself silly watching all the parody videos on the Internet.
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Train like a tribute from the Hunger Games2. Train like a tribute: What gets your heart pumping faster than fighting for your life? Let out your inner Katniss Everdeen, the fierce heroine from Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games trilogy, with new workouts that cover everything from archery survival skills to hand-to-hand combat. One hugely popular class, the "
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- SHAPE magazine | Healthy Living – Thu, May 10, 2012 10:57 AM EDT
As any bloat-minded girl knows, it's always a good idea to ask for the low-sodium soy sauce when ordering that spicy tuna roll, as just 2 tsp of the regular kind can contain a whopping 680mg of sodium. But there are other foods-many seemingly healthy-that are also surprisingly high in salt, according to Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, spokesperson for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Read More »from Salt Shockers! 5 Foods as Sodium-Packed as Soy Sauce
Her recommendation: Aim for no more than 2,300mg of sodium per day (1500mg if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease). In addition to that jeans-and-rings-don't-fit-feeling, a high-sodium diet can also increase risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, so trimming the salt from your diet is a smart move. Here are five places to start:
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Cottage cheese is a dieters' mainstay, and while it's a good source of calcium and protein, it can be loaded with sodium, often containing 900mg per cup. If you love cottage cheese, look for low sodium versions whenever possible, but a
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Chocolate: How do you pick the healthiest one?The once guilty pleasure has gone from sinner to winner in recent years, as a slew of research has uncovered benefits that range from protecting your heart to improving your mood. But not all varieties are created equal, warns Andrea Giancoli, R.D., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chocolate's healthful effects derive from its plant source, the cacao bean, which contains flavanols (phytochemicals that act as antioxidants); different formulations have varying amounts of the magic ingredient. Here's how these sweets stack up.
With fewer flavanols than dark, milk chocolate isn't a top choice. But you can pump up the benefits by going for a bar with a medium to high level of cacao (around 40 percent) and some nuts or dried fruit for an extra boost of good-for-you ingredients.
Try: Chuao Chocolatier Caracas ($5 for 3.5 oz; chuaochocolatier.com) The cacao clocks in at 41 percent; almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios offerRead More »from The Best and Worst Chocolates for Your Body
- SHAPE magazine | Vitality – Wed, May 9, 2012 2:52 PM EDT
Stress-relieving workouts that aren't meditationWhile following a regular exercise program is a great way to relieve stress, some workouts can actually cause a stress response in your body. Some research has linked exercise (endurance workouts in particular) with increased production of stress hormones and inflammation in the body.
We're not suggesting you skip your workout-just make sure it's balanced and responsive to your body's needs. For example, if you find yourself under a lot of stress, you may want to restore your energy level with a flowing, gentle sweat session instead of that killer spin class. And while meditation is a proven stress reducer, it isn't for everyone (and who really has the time or patience for it?). If you prefer to stay in motion, we recommend trying any or all of these relaxing (but dynamic) mind/body workouts :
1. NIA: NIA, which stands for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, is a blend of martial arts, dance, and healing arts. DoneRead More »from The Best Stress-Relieving Workouts that Aren't Meditation
Whether you're getting back into the workout game or you just pushed yourself a little harder than you should have yesterday, sore muscles happen to the best of us. If ice packs just aren't doing it for you anymore, try changing your ow! to oh! with these unconventional tricks--they really work, we promise!Read More »from Unconventional Ways to Treat Sore Muscles
Cherry juice1. Cherry juice: You won't need a spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down! Tart cherry juice has rapidly become one of the hottest super foods, thanks to its high level of antioxidants (even more than pomegranates!) and other benefits-one of which is decreased muscle soreness. Try adding a splash to your post-workout smoothie.
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Caffeine2. Caffeine: Your morning latte just got a healthy halo, thanks to University of Georgia researchers who found that taking caffeine, about the equivalent of two cups of coffee, helped reduce muscle soreness in women after a strenuous workout. It works by blocking adenosine, a chemical released by your body in
Will a CLA supplement help me lose weight?By SHAPE Diet Doctor, Mike Roussell, PhDRead More »from Is CLA the Secret to Losing Belly Fat?
Does conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) live up to its name? Lately, we've been hearing a lot about it and the wonders it can allegedly do for weight loss. So we went to our Diet Doctor to see if he could cut through the misinformation and get to the bottom of the matter. Here's what he had to say:
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) has been touted as an effective, stimulant-free, weight-loss supplement for more than a decade now, but unfortunately the scientific data doesn't jive with the sales pitch. CLA is a trans fat that is found in small amount in dairy foods and almost negligible amounts in grass-fed beef (despite 'high levels of CLA' being one of the touted benefits). CLA is actually a umbrella term for several different types of trans fats similar in chemical structure. More research is necessary to tease out which type of CLA is actually the most beneficial (but more on that later).
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Weight-lifting belt1. Weight lifting belts: Gym folklore says that wearing a wide leather belt while lifting will support your back, prevent injury, and allow you to lift heavier. And we've all seen the ripped guys strutting around in weight belts at the gym, so they must work, right? Unfortunately science says the exact opposite.
Research done by Stuart McGill, author of Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance , shows that while wearing a belt may temporarily decrease pain and allow for heavier lifts, it can ultimately cause more frequent and more severe injuries. Why? The belts don't teach you how to stabilize your core when you lift and encourage improper form.
Do you need it? No. If you need a weight belt to perform a lift, then you either need to reduce your load or check your form.Photo credit: Shutterstock
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Sport recovery drinks2. Sport recovery drinks: First there were sports drinks, then came sport-specific drinks, and now we have drinks "speciallyRead More »from Do You Really Need That? 5 Fitness Items to Ditch
Strawberry smoothie bowlWhip up one of these easy smoothie recipes to take on the go. All are so tasty, you'll never believe they're healthy!
1. Strawberry smoothie bowl: Eating this smoothie with a spoon makes it seem even more like an indulgent dessert (but it's not even close!).
7 large frozen strawberries
4 ice cubes
1 ½ c. milk
1 scoop strawberry or vanilla protein powder
2 pinches xanthan gum (for thickening)
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Pina colada frozen smoothie2.Piña colada frozen smoothie: A frozen cocktail isn't exactly the breakfast of champions, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a pina colada in the morning. Just nix the rum and add a scoop of protein powder to the blender instead.
1 frozen banana
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
½ tsp. coconut extract
¼ c. canned pineapple
1 c. milk
1 tsp. xanthan gum (for thickening)
Cocoa overload smoothie bowl3. Cocoa overload smoothie bowl:Read More »from 5 Tasty Alternatives to the Ice Cream Truck
By Rachel Wilkerson for SHAPE.com
You've reached your goal weight. Now what happens?When I started losing weight, I often looked at women who were thinner than I was and thought, "Wow, her life must be so easy." I knew that once I got to my goal weight , I'd feel awesome, and healthy living would be just as easy for me as it was for all the "I can eat whatever I want and not gain weight" women around me.
Now that I've lost 75 pounds, I can say that I do feel awesome... but I can't say that a healthy lifestyle comes easy. Weight maintenance isn't as simple as I expected. While being at my goal weight has its perks, I have to admit: I failed to appreciate some of the great benefits I enjoyed along the way. If I did it all over again, here's what I'd do different:
Celebrate Better Health Just as Much as a Smaller Dress Size. I always thought I worked out for the health benefits (mental and physical) as much as I did for losing weight , but now that I no longer have thinner thighs as a goal, I'm seeing that's not the case. I'veRead More »from The Downsides to Meeting Your Goal Weight
Victoria and David BeckhamBy Jené Luciani
A-list celebs have unprecedented access to cutting-edge beauty treatments the rest of the world could only dream of. But sometimes those beauty secrets sound more like a nightmare than a dream. Remember when Demi Moore revealed she was using blood-sucking leeches to "detoxify?" Or how about when Madonna was reportedly using a face cream made out of human placenta?
Think it can't get any stranger than that? Think again! Here's our roundup of the latest and strangest Hollywood beauty secrets.
1. The Bird Poop Facial: Yes, you read it correctly. It's a facial… using bird poop as its main ingredient. And celebs are 'flocking' to spas to get the odd treatment. Also referred to as the Geisha Facial because of its Japanese origins, several high-end spas are charging hundreds of dollars a pop to slather on this 'unique' ingredient, which is said to leave skin shiny and smooth. Both Victoria and David Beckham reportedly indulge in the facials that use a mixture ofRead More »from Bizarre Hollywood Beauty Secrets